Massage Therapist- MT

MT Application

Eligibility


  • Be at least eighteen years of age and of good moral character

  • Submit criminal record checks (FBI & Ohio BCI)

  • Have attained high school graduation or its equivalent

  • Hold one of the following:

    • A diploma or certificate from a school, college or institution in good standing as determined by the Board, showing the completion of the required courses of instruction

    • A diploma or certificate from a school, college or institution in another state or jurisdiction showing completion of a course of instruction that meets course requirements determined by the Board through Ohio Administrative Code 4731-1-16

    • For not less than five years preceding application, a current license, registration or certificate in good standing in another state for massage therapy

  • Have passed the MBLEx (Massage and Bodywork Licensing Exam).

Approved Massage Therapy Schools


Approved schools, colleges, or institutions determined to be in good standing and having the massage therapy curriculum required for successful course completion: List of Approved Schools

 

Application


eLicense application portal: eLicense.ohio.gov

 

Initial Application Fees


Application $150.00

Transaction Fee $3.50

Total due at submission $153.50

 

Before Completing an Application


Applicants will be required to complete the application in its entirety and pay a non-refundable fee. Applicants will be required to upload any required documents as a result of an affirmative answer provided in the Questions portion of the application, license specific certifications and to have a valid credit card (Visa, MasterCard or Discover).

 

Criminal Records Check


All applicants for licensure are required to complete an FBI and Ohio BCI criminal records check. Criminal Record Check fees are $24.00 (FBI) and $22.00 (Ohio BCI) plus vendor processing fees.

  • In-state applicants: You must use the services of a vendor that participates in "WebCheck." Click here for a list of vendors. The sheriff's offices in most of Ohio's 88 counties also participate in the "National WebCheck." Please allow at least two to four weeks for the Board to receive and process in-state background checks.

  • Out-of-state applicants: Request a fingerprint packet by emailing med.license@med.ohio.gov. Please allow at least six to eight weeks for the Board to receive and process out-of-state background checks.

Please Note: Request that the results be sent directly to the State Medical Board of Ohio. The Medical Board will not accept results from the applicant or a third party.

 

Required Documents to Be Uploaded


  • Evidence of successful completion of the Massage and Bodywork Licensing Examination (MBLEx).

  • Education transcript from a school, college or institution in good standing as determined by the Board, showing the completion of the required courses of instruction; or an educational transcript from a school, college or institution in another state or jurisdiction showing completion of a course of instruction that meets course requirements determined by the Board through Ohio Administrative Code 4731-1-16.

  • Verification of certificate, licensure or registration status that you hold with any other country, state or province.

  • Documentation related to affirmative answers provided in the Questions portion of the application. Examples of required documentation may include:

    • Your detailed explanation including the date, location, reason and disposition to the question and any supporting documentation

    • Documentation related to action taken by another state or entity

    • Documentation related to arrests/criminal actions

 

Documentation That Should be Sent Directly to the Board


  • Verification of certificate, licensure or registration status that you hold with any other country, state or province that were not uploaded as part of the application process.

  • Certificate of Education Form. This form should be completed by your educational institution.

  • Criminal Record Check (FBI & Ohio BCI) results.

 

After You Apply


Following submission and payment for your application you will receive an email confirming initial application submission and payment.

If you need to contact the Board, please email med.license@med.ohio.gov.

 

Forms


 

License Restoration


An individual should apply for a restoration application if their license has been inactive for two years or more. A certificate may be restored upon an applicant's submission of a restoration application, the biennial registration fee ($100), applicable monetary penalty ($50) and submission of criminal background checks. Please note: The Board may require additional training or examination, or both, of any applicant who for the two years or more immediately preceding the date of application has not been engaged in clinical practice. Apply online at eLicense.ohio.gov. You also need to complete an employer recommendation form.

 

Helpful Links


 

View the Frequently Asked Questions here.